Anyone besides me feel like Grados on your head feels like you are wearing kitchen sponges?

OldManDave -- Mon, 05/10/2010 - 18:24

Seriously, my intent is not to start a firestorm, but I recently purchased a pair of Grado i225 whose cord had been upgraded to "Blue Dragon" line by Drew Baird at  They sound great...not as good as either pair of Phiaton cans I have, but damned respectable.  However, esp in prolonged listening sessions, they are just not comfy!  Literally, I feel as though I am wearing a couple of kitchen sponges on my head!
I would like to hear other people's perspectives as well.

rossop -- Tue, 05/11/2010 - 01:45

I feel as though I am wearing a couple of kitchen sponges on my head!
Nice one OldManDave! I have Sennheiser HD600 and although I dont listen to them much I found them fairly comfy although a bit heavy. Sorry I havnt heard yours but I think prolonged headphone listening is  a bit of a pain in the neck!

AlanM -- Tue, 05/11/2010 - 22:51

I own the old 125s as well as the 225i and have had no problems.  I find the 225is comfortable and I use them several hours a day.  But headphone fit and comfortableness are very personal.

Mr Plus -- Wed, 05/12/2010 - 04:17

Grados split opinion, and a lot of that opinion comes down to how they feel on your head and on your ears. I've known people who think they are the most comfortable pair of cans money can buy and that every other headphone feels like your ears are in a sauna, others complain that the Grado head band is the wrong shape for heads and that their ears get itchy.
That the pads feel like kitchen sponges is not a common complaint, but it is the most entertaining I've heard in a long time. 
It's unfortunate that headphones are mostly bought online today, because of all bits of audio, they are the things that have the most direct relationship between product design and user comfort. At least until someone comes up with audio underwear.

Alan Sircom
Editor, Hi-Fi Plus Magazine
London, England
editor [at] hifiplus [dot] com

dennisdavis -- Wed, 05/12/2010 - 08:45

 I've been using a pair of Grado RS-1s since they first came out.  I've tried just about everything on the market.  For me, comfort is really the most important factor in headphone selection.  While I've never tried wearing kitchen sponges, I do find that the Grados (with the large cups) are the only headphones I can tolerate for any extended period of time.  As Alan indicates, I think it really boils down to how your head is shaped.
Dennis Davis

Dennis Davis Hi-Fi+

BerkeleyBob (not verified) -- Thu, 05/13/2010 - 14:52

Recently purchased a pair of Grado SR 325is along with Ray Samuel's amazing P-51 Mustang headphone amp. I find them comfortable for several hour listening sessions, although my ears feel a little warm. Sound quality is excellent, much better than my prior Sony cans, which were quite comfortable and a little more cushioned. I don't think any auditioning at a retail seller is likely to give you useful infor, agree that it is a very personal interface and your mileage may vary.

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